A Peek Into Several European Countries
By: Tuva Aasen
“Médecins Sans Frontières” (MSF) is French for “Doctors without Borders”, which is an incredible NGO providing outstanding service in a wide range of countries. MSF has 20 offices total, whereas majority of them are located in Western Europe. Among countries with MSF offices are Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway and Spain. The main mission of this NGO is providing medical care to people in over 70 countries worldwide. They target countries in the state of crisis where they save the lives of people either exposed to violence, catastrophe or neglect, which is often a result of armed conflict, natural disasters, exclusion from heath care, epidemics and malnutrition. MSF has really set out on a mission to help anyone in crisis, anywhere, regardless of people’s political affiliation, race or religious membership. The work being provided through this nonprofit organization is amazing, and very extensive; every single day over 22,000 administrators, logisticians, water and sanitation experts, doctors, nurses along with other qualified professionals are responsible for providing medical care worldwide. So, who works for “Doctors without Borders” then? MFS recruit both medical and non-medical aid workers, and more detailed descriptions can be found here. Annually, as much as 3,000 staff members internationally join MSF to work in the field and on projects targeting populations in danger in around 70 countries. However, it is important to consider the fact that even though volunteering is fighting an admirable cause with major rewards, they are going into areas that may be at war, which can cause high risk and tough work involved. Although the work performed and the changes made through MFS, it is not cheap. Responding to unforeseen emergencies worldwide is extremely costly and requires a lot of resources. This is why “Doctors without Borders” continuously reach out to more people asking them to donate so they can continue to save more lives. So, donate now for a good cause, and read inspiring, heartfelt stories about work provided by MFS here.